The Rangers announced yesterday their purchase of right-handed pitcher Ben Rowen from Triple-A Round Rock. The spindly 6-foot-4 190-pound hurler fills the vacated roster spot left by Tanner Scheppers, who once again lands on the diabled list with right elbow inflammation.
When Rowen makes his major league debut, he will become the 113th former RoughRider to appear on the big league stage. He joins Nick Martinez, Justin Miller, Luis Sardinas, Neil Ramirez and Rougned Odor as alumni to debut this season.
Rowen will wear jersey number 39 in Arlington. The 25-year-old pitched in 19 2/3 innings for Triple-A Round Rock this season and allowed six earned runs over 16 appearances (none in his last 12 1/3 innings), which computes to a 2.75 ERA. Rowen also notched a pair of saves in addition to 14 strikeouts and just two walks. Right-handed hitters have struggled to pick up Rowen's offerings, in particular, and bat just .196 against him.
The Rangers drafted Rowen out of Virginia Tech in the 22nd round of the 2010 amateur draft. The native of Rancho Palos Verdes, California arrived in Frisco on the heels of a 2012 season in which Texas named Rowen its Minor League Reliever of the Year.
The former Hokie continued his upward trajectory with the RoughRiders in 2013. Rowen finished 24 of the 31 games in which he pitched for the RoughRiders and registered 10 saves in 33 2/3 innings. His ERA a blistering 0.53, he earned a spot on the Texas League All-Star team and a promotion to Triple-A Round Rock the same season. The submariner debuted on the Rangers 40-man roster after his impressive '13 campaign.
Like many of his Rangers teammates, Rowen has battled injury in 2014. He missed spring training with tendinitis in his bicep, but the ailment has not afflicted the hurler in the regular season.
The RoughRiders are in the midst of a 12-game road trip that straddles the first and second halves of the season. The team returns to Dr Pepper Ballpark on Wednesday, June 25 and face the Arkansas Travelers at 7:05 p.m. For information on how to see the RoughRiders in 2014, please call (972) 731-9200, e-mail Info@RidersBaseball.com or visit www.RidersBaseball.com.
About the RoughRiders
The Frisco RoughRiders are the Double-A affiliate of the Texas Rangers and play their games at Dr Pepper Ballpark in Frisco, Texas. The team has finished first among all Double-A minor league teams in attendance each season from 2005-2013. The RoughRiders are owned by Mandalay Sports Entertainment, winners of the "Baseball Organization of the Year" in 2008 by Ballpark Digest. For more information on Mandalay Baseball Properties, the Frisco RoughRiders, and Dr Pepper Ballpark, please contact Alex Vispoli at (972) 334-1976 or via email at AVispoli@RidersBaseball.com.